Can I bring you my ideas and have you draw them? What’s the process?
First, you’ll need to schedule a consultation. This is a free, 30-minute appointment where you’ll discuss your ideas and plans for your tattoo. It is a good idea to bring drawings, sketches, photographs, notes, etc. to help illustrate your ideas. Don’t worry if you can’t draw! Even stick-figures help me visualize what you want for your tattoo.
At the end of your consult there is no obligation to continue, but if we both decide to go forward and start working on a drawing, you will be required to pay a draw fee/a deposit. This fees is non-refundable. The draw fee/deposit pays for the time it takes to complete your drawing, and also takes care of the deposit for your tattoo appointment. The fee ranges from $60-$100, depending on the size and complexity of the drawing, which also determines the length of your tattoo session.
The deposit holds your appointment and is applied to your bill for tattoo time. It is not refundable under any circumstance, but you are allowed to reschedule your appointment if needed. As long as you email or text to reschedule 48 hours in advance I will still honor your deposit. If you decide not to do the tattoo, if you don’t show up for your appointment, or are more than 30 minutes late for your appointment you will lose your deposit.
I freehand most of my work directly onto the skin. You can get an idea of my tattoo style from my online portfolio here on the website!
How do I schedule a consultation?
Book an Appointment for a consultation and I will get back with you asap!
Do you take Walk Ins?
I am a private, appointment-only studio, so I am unable to take walk ins. I do take walk ins when I do guest spots in other shops out of town!
How much is a tattoo?
The shop minimum is $60 (this is for a very small, single color tattoo). For the most part, I charge an hourly rate of $125 per hour. For specific pricing, I need to meet with you for a consultation. One free touch-up is included in all pricing within six months of the tattoo being completed, excluding hand and foot tattoos.
What types of payment to you accept?
I accept cash, debit cards, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. I do not accept checks.
What is your Deposit Policy? Can I get my deposit back if I change my mind?
I require a $60 non-refundable deposit for all tattoo appointments. The deposit holds your appointment and is applied to your final balance for tattoo time. Since I do not allow refunds on deposits under any circumstance, you should be absolutely certain that you are willing and able to get a tattoo because I will not refund your deposit (which includes the drawing fee) if you change your mind. I have a 48 hour reschedule policy; if you need to change your appointment date or time I just ask that you email or text 48 hours in advance of your appointment and I will still honor your deposit only if you reschedule at that time. If you do not provide enough notice, don’t show up, or are more than 30 minutes late you will lose your deposit and your appointment.
What should I bring to my consult?
I highly encourage you to bring any visual reference which helps me better understand your ideas! I love it when my clients come prepared with fairly specific ideas in regards to subject matter, size and placement. Be sure to bring plenty of visual references such as:
– Images from the internet – if you’ve collected some images online, it saves a lot of time if you can print in advance! If you don’t have the means to print, please email them to me before your consultation.
– Drawings, sketches, doodles, or diagrams (does not have to be a masterpiece, it just needs to get a point across!)
– An Object such as a figurine, book, brooch, or whatever has inspired you. I can photograph it for reference and return it to you safely.
How should I prepare for getting a tattoo?
The day of your tattoo appointment be sure to arrive promptly. Be well-rested, fed, and hydrated. Dress appropriately. Wear something comfortable that gives easy access to the area to be tattooed, and that you don’t mind getting ink on. Before you start you will fill out a release form, so don’t forget to bring your ID! After your tattoo session is finished, I will bandage you, explain aftercare procedure, and send you home with an aftercare package to get you started!
Does it Hurt?
Well of course, but how much it hurts really depends on the tattoo and placement and your own tolerance level. Pain is relative. The important thing to remember is that the pain is usually very minor, and the pain is only temporary. The tattoo is forever.
Can I take pain meds or have a little drink before my tattoo?
In general, over-the-counter pain medications do little to help with the pain you might experience while getting a tattoo, and Aspirin and other NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc., have blood-thinning qualities to them, please avoid these before your tattoo appointment. It is generally considered okay to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve pain or swelling from the tattoo AFTER the tattoo is finished. It is important for you to know that I am not medically trained, and I cannot legally prescribe any medicines or diagnose health concerns. Please consult your doctor for advice if you’re concerned about this.
So what about prescription drugs? Some prescription pain medications can technically intoxicate you to the point where you will not be as alert or in control of your body as you would normally be, so I do not advocate their use. Also, I absolutely will not tattoo someone who is intoxicated, so drinking alcohol or partaking in other drugs before your tattoo is not a good idea.
How do I care for my new tattoo?
1. Leave bandage in place for one to two hours before removing.
2. Wash gently with your fingers using soap and warm water. Pat dry. If you are able to take a shower once removing the
bandage, this is actually best. Take as hot of a shower as you can stand, but do not scald yourself! The steamy shower will
help open your pours and discharge plasma that collects during the process of getting tattooed. Wash your tattoo gently until
it no longer feels slippery. Wash your tattoo twice a day for 3-5 days.
3. Apply ointment sparingly twice a day after washing your tattoo so that the tattoo does not get dry. It is
important to keep a new tattoo clean and moisturized during the healing process. I highly
recommend A&D ointment or Aquaphor for the first 3-5 days of healing, then switch to an unscented or
natural lotion for the following two weeks. I find that Palmer’s Cocoa Butter works best for my work, but you can also
use Lubriderm. Don’t like the smell of cocoa butter? Palmer’s makes an unscented Cocoa Butter now, give it a try!
Remember to only apply a thin layer of ointment or lotion, and blot off any excess. You only want to apply enough to keep
your tattoo from feeling dry.
4. Absolutely NO swimming or tanning for at least two weeks. Chlorine, salt water, and UV light,
whether natural or from a bulb, are bad for new tattoos. Do not soak the new tattoo at any
time, this includes hot baths, hot tubs or prolonged exposure to water spray in the shower. It
will be 2 – 3 weeks before any of these activities can be resumed!
5. In a few days the tattoo will seem flaky or itchy – this is normal. Apply a light coat of lotion,
and avoid scratching or picking. Allow any flakes to fall off naturally.
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